This was a pretty typical Christian book with some things that set it apart from other books in the genre. Adding in the author's love of country music and following Jennifer as she rose from obscurity did make this somewhat intriguing at times. I also love country music, and the insight into this amazing industry often captured my imagination and made me think about the stories of some of the current country stars.
The gospel was presented in its entirety in this book, but sometimes it seemed a little forced or even out of place. I was glad to see the ending occurred as it did, but it was pretty predictable. There was nothing that really took me by surprise, and everything happened like you thought it would. That makes it a light-hearted, easy-to-read book.
It was good to have the inclusion of the Nashville floods from a couple years ago because that is something that time has forgotten. I am also pleased to report that there was no profanity nor sex scenes included--a nice, clean read. I did feel a couple loose ends were never tied up, but that happens in books now and then.
If you are looking for a feel-good book that appeals to country music fans, this would be a book to read. Nothing deep, but this is an unpretentious book that happens just as it should.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Jennifer is sure that being a country music star will be everything she has dreamed it should be. After a few years of struggling she finally gets her break. Will it be everything she needs or will it leave her wanting something different?
This book has a great story line. A young person wanting to be a music star and getting more then they expected. I liked that it wasn't' a book about just positive things that happened to the character. I liked that hardships were shown as well as a real relationship with the Lord.
The book was well written and the story flowed well. The main characters, especially Jennifer, could really be just about any young person starting out in the music industry. I thought her actions were true to her character, meaning the actions she took were in step with who she was portrayed as.
I gave this book 5/5 stars because the story held my interest and the characters were enjoyable.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
An Interesting Book Filled With Much Truth Insight
August 25, 2012
Julie L. Cannon in her new book, "Twang" published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Jennifer Clodfelter.
From the back cover: A story about the therapeutic powers of friendship, faith and music.
Twenty"three"year"old Jennifer Clodfelter believes she is destined to be a country music star. When her passion, determination, and homemade demos were rejected by every music label in Nashville, she
refused to give up. In just three years, a combination of guts and raw talent have propelled her on a journey of fame beyond her wildest dreams.
Now Jennifer has all she ever wanted only to discover that there is a dark side to the glitz and number one hits. Now she will have to decide whether to sing her pain to a loving audience or find the courage and faith to face the music in the private studio of her heart.
Let's face it we need others to support our dreams. Those individuals who have authority over us and raise us we look to tell us we can do what we want to do. Our souls are crushed when we are told we will never amount o anything and we are worthless. Jennifer believes otherwise. She feels that she is a singer and goes to Nashville to prove it. She succeeds. However there comes a moment when she learns that just because you are singing a song about pain doesn't mean that it will go away. Jennifer has to learn that she needs God for that. This was an interesting book, filled with much truth and insight. I liked it.
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Twenty-three-year-old Jennifer Clodfelter believes she is destined to be a country music star. When her passion, determination and homemade demo tape were rejected by every music label in Nashville, she refused to give up. In just three years, a combination of guts and raw talent have propelled her on a journey of fame beyond her best dream.
Now Jennifer has all she ever wanted, only to discover that there is a dark side to the glitz and number one hits. She will have to decide whether to sing her pain to a loving audience or find the courage to face the music in the private studio of her heart.
*taken from CBD website
This book is all about the journey. Jennifer, the main character, is on a path of learning and discovery. But, she isn't sure if she wants to learn what God is teaching her through the life of a country music star. She is a woman that people can relate to and her journey is one that we all understand.
I enjoyed reading about her life and seeing her grow through her trials. This book shows the other side of being a star and reminds us that we all have things to learn. We all have a story to share and sometimes sharing the story can be painful. But through sharing our story, we will find healing as we allow God to have control.
Julie Cannon is a new author for me. I took some time to look up her books and I'm excited to jump into some of her other works. Her writing is deep, thoughtful and thought-provoking. She challenges her readers through the stories of her characters.
Side Note: When looking up this author, make sure you have the correct Julie Cannon. There are two authors by that name.